The Táin - Wolfhound

Louis le Brocquy (1916 – 2012)

  • Artist
    Louis le Brocquy
  • Title
    The Táin - Wolfhound
  • Date
    1969
  • Dimensions
    54 × 38cm
  • Medium
    Lithograph on swiftbrook paper
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Edition of 70 proofs Purchased in 1970
Description

The original Táin published by Dolmen Press in 1969 was applauded as being the great Irish livre d’artiste of the twentieth century comprises 123 illustrations. The same year, the artist produced The Táin portfolios (1969) consisting of three sets of twelve black and white lithographic brush drawings selected from the Táin and grouped by theme. In total, 36 sheets plus five ‘Individual Subjects’ and four chromo-lithographic ‘Epic Shields’ separate.

The Táin portfolios consist of limited editions of 70 proofs each sheet individually signed, dated and numbered by the artist including portfolio numbers (I, II, & III).

Printed by Frank O’Reilly, Dublin, on Swiftbrook paper, each 54 × 38 (38 × 54) cm. Large folios, unbound with title pages and black interleaves. Boxed by Museum Bookbinders, Dublin, black boards stamped in white in a design by the artist.

The Niland house in its collection 15 lithographs out of the 45 that make up The Táin portfolios.

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  1. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  2. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  3. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  5. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  6. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  7. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  8. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  9. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  10. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  11. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  12. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  13. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  18. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  20. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  21. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  23. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  24. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay